June 20, 2018
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2 charged with breaking into Millinocket house, beating owner

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Two town men remained in Penobscot County Jail on Tuesday after police accused them of breaking into an Elm Street residence and beating a man bloody with a flashlight while stealing items from him, including a handgun, police said.

Billy A. Brannen, 40, and Jeremy Sawyer, 32, faced charges of robbery, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking, assault and aggravated criminal trespass during an initial appearance in Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Monday, a jail spokeswoman said.

The incident began, Police Chief Donald Bolduc said, when Penobscot Regional Communications Center dispatchers reported receiving a 911 call from the Elm Street residence at about 2:05 a.m. Friday.

Officers Martin LeGassey and Janet Theriault went there and found a man with his face and head bloodied who shortly before had apparently been beaten by two men who broke into the house, Bolduc said. The man did not require hospitalization.

Several people identified the two suspects by name, Bolduc said.

“They knew each other,” Bolduc said of the relation between the suspects and the victim, but the victim was not a friend of the suspects.

At about 4 a.m., Detective Steve Kenyan and the officers went to the Cedar Street residence of Brannen. A search warrant later helped them find evidence there and several stolen items that police believe link the two suspects to the crime, including the flashlight that was used to beat the victim, as well as a handgun, Bolduc said.

Police charged the two men at about 6:50 p.m. Friday and took them to the jail later that evening. Police have not yet determined the value of the stolen items or found a motive for the crime, Bolduc said.

Brannen is being held on $7,000 cash bail. Sawyer is being held on $1,000 cash bail. Both are due to appear in court on May 3, a jail spokeswoman said.

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